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U Maine Receives $700K For Particleboard Research, Plant

October 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maine are receiving $700,000 in grants to develop environmentally friendly particleboard panels. The money is from P3Nano, a public-private partnership started by the federal Endowment for Forestry and Communities...

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Cool Planet Unveils Commercial-Scale Production Facility

October 6, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company that develops sustainable solutions for energy, food, and water, has unveiled its first commercial-scale production facility for its CoolTerra™ soil amendment. The new manufacturing facility is...

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Alaska Airlines Orders 10 Boeing Jets For $990M

October 6, 2014 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alaska Airlines said Monday that it has ordered 10 planes from Boeing for $990 million.The airline said the new planes, the 737-900ERs, will replace its 737-400s and help it save money. The new planes hold 25 percent more passengers and use...

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5 Killed In Blast At Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China. Police in Guizhou province are investigating the cause of the blast which ripped through the factory in the village of Lanjiang. One...

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HP Splits PC, Printer Companies

October 6, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers, and software, as it aims to drive profits higher. Hewlett-Packard, like...

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91K Pounds Of Beef Recalled For Possible Metal Contamination

October 6, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Texas company is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with pieces of metal.Corpus Christi-based Sam Kane Beef Processors is recalling the beef products after four consumer...

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Feds Investigate Ford Power Steering

October 6, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as...

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Dow Announces U.S. Apprenticeship Program

October 6, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Dow Chemical Company today announced that the Company will launch a U.S. Apprenticeship pilot program at various Dow sites across the nation in 2015. This pilot program supports a major initiative of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a...

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Hydroid Celebrates Opening Of Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Plant

October 6, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and the leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), announced today that it has officially opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and applied research facility in... 

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3M Plant To Receive About $2M In Tax Incentives

October 4, 2014 6:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

South Dakota's tax policies and economic incentives were key in persuading The 3M Company to invest $70 million to expand its Brooking plant between now and 2018, the governor and company officials said this week at a ceremony announcing the project. The Minnesota-based company announced Friday...

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Reno Industrial Market Growing Before Tesla

October 3, 2014 3:45 pm | by Scott Sonner - Associated Press | Comments

Word that Tesla Motors was interested in locating its giant battery factory near Reno apparently jumpstarted a business migration to the region long before the electric car maker made the decision official. The Reno-Sparks industrial market set a record for square footage leased or sold over the...

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UAW Ramps Up Organizing Bid At Mercedes Plant

October 3, 2014 2:01 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | Comments

The United Auto Workers is ramping up its efforts to gain representation of workers at the Mercedes plant in Alabama, despite having so far been thwarted in its attempts to organize any foreign automaker in the South. The UAW has, though, been...

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15 Dead In Explosives Factory Accident

October 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Fifteen people were confirmed dead Thursday in a blast at an explosives decommissioning factory in northwestern Bulgaria. Civil Defense chief Nikolai Nikolov said that thirteen men and two women perished in the wake of the blast that...

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United Technologies Tax Credit Looms Large In CT Governor Race

October 3, 2014 1:33 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | Comments

Tax credits worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Connecticut's largest private employer have emerged as a flashpoint in the governor's race, with Republican Tom Foley decrying the aid as corporate welfare and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy...

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MO Manufacturing Plant Closing

October 3, 2014 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A manufacturing plant in West Plains will close soon, costing the south Missouri town about 400 jobs.The Ozark Radio Network reports employees of Robertshaw were told Thursday that the plant would close in January and is expected to be... 

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NAM Honors Kimray, Inc. With Community Service Award

October 3, 2014 12:12 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recognized Kimray, Inc. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with the Sandy Trowbridge Award for Excellence in Community Service at the NAM’s Board of Directors meeting. The Trowbridge Award honors an...

Shell Brings Attention To Manufacturing Day

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Shell Lubricants | Comments

On October 3, 2014, manufacturers around the nation will open their doors to the public and host events highlighting the importance of manufacturing to people’s everyday lives.  Recognizing the importance of the grassroots initiative known as...

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops To $40.1B In August

October 3, 2014 11:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.The deficit dropped 0.5 percent in August to $40.1 billion, compared to a revised $40.3 billion in July, the...

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Obama's $200M Manufacturing Institute Investment

October 3, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Leaders of the National Photonics Initiative, an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, praised news that President Barack Obama will today unveil a new competition to award more...

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Feds Blocking Utah Company For Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license. The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security will block exports by X-TREME Motors, LLC. for about six months after customs authorities...

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